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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated area of Baja California, Mexico late Sunday afternoon, but the reporting of damages has been made difficult in surrounding cities such as Mexicali because of power outages.

According to a report from RMS, the quake’s epicenter was in Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, which is about 30 miles from Mexicali (pop. 600,000) and 100 miles from Tijuana (pop. 1.3 million). Mexicali was subject to shaking of intensity VII (very strong), which has the potential to cause moderate damage to resistant structures and moderate to heavy damage to vulnerable structures.

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